A Little Bit of Heaven 2011

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It's a comedy about a guarded woman who finds out she's dying of cancer, but when she meets her match, the threat of falling in love is scarier than death.

Starring:
Gael Garcia Bernal, Kathy Bates
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Kathy Bates, Kate Hudson, Lucy Punch, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg
Director Nicole Kassell
Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 5 September 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Kathy Bates, Kate Hudson, Lucy Punch, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg
Director Nicole Kassell
Genres Comedy, Romance, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 5 September 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
I have literally just finished watching this and my eyes are red and sore from crying, my cheeks are stinging and my face is blotchy.

Very sad emotional film, kate hudson plays her funny quirky self as she seems to do in every film nowadays but whilst this film is a lot of a fun and filled with jokes, it does deal with the very real issue that millions of us face at somepoint in our lives. Cancer.

Kate plays Marley, a fun loving advertising and marketing executive who starts to become ill and prompted by her friends she finally goes to see the doctor and has to have surgery.

Whilst under the anaesthetic she visits with god played by the wonderful whoopi goldberg who tells her that she is dying and gives her 3 wishes. Marley laughs this off and flippantly says ok i want to fly, i want a million dollars and when prompted to ask her 3rd wish, she doesn't know what she wants, but god does.

Marley wakes up from her surgery and discovers that she has inoperable colon cancer.

This film then goes into heartbreaking detail about how Marley not only deals with facing the very real tuth that she only has a short time to live but how she deals with and resolves her issues with her parents and her friends before its too late.

This film really hit home for me as i have had people in my life who have had cancer and its heartbreaking but very real.

I agree with another reviewer i dont believe this is a romantic comedy, i also believe this is a drama, more along the lines of my sisters keeper, that kind of thing.

Will break your heart, i know it did mine..
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Saw this at the cinema and will buy the DVD when it comes out. Ended up in tears (as did others) at the end of the film, as I've got friends who've gone through cancer treatment so some of the dialogue hit raw nerves. None the less an excellent film and one which puts life's day to day problems very much in perspective.
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By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
My Thoughts: This movie is probably one best left alone if you're sensitive to the themes of dying, cancer and life unfulfilled in general. Would advise anyone who has probably lost a relative as of recent to give this one a miss until grief is not quite so close as this will leave you practically reeling despite your having full warning of the premise.

Kate Hudson's performance here was very subtle and un-cliche, a compliment to the writing and direction of which didn't go the usual predictable routes in inspiring a tear or too. There's a few funny moments in the film but I do not recommend pegging this as a romantic comedy - if anything, would suggest it be viewed expectantly as a drama instead, this way, you won't be nearly as disappointed by the lack of laughs.

The Plot: Marley is a live life to the full kind of girl and she almost has it all, she's attractive, has a great job and fabulous close-knit friends who all adore her. All that is really missing from Marley's life is that she is single and keeps men at arms length, convinced she doesn't need a relationship to enjoy her life.

When Marley's health begins to fail, a routine colonoscopy leads her to having a dream that she goes to heaven and meets God (in the form of Whoopee Goldberg). Advised that she is going to die, God prompts Marley to make three wishes that will come true through the duration of the time she has left - something Marley chooses to take insignificantly as a joke until weeks later when she discovers to her dismay she has cancer.

With colon cancer beginning to whittle her life away, Marley begins to take life by the horns and live it as best she can, finding that flirting with her handsome doctor she can perhaps have a little bit of heaven before she truly joins it herself.
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A Little Bit of Heaven (formerly titled Earthbound) is a 2011 romantic comedy directed by Nicole Kassell and starring Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal.[1]

Marley Corbett, a carefree woman with a promising career, great friends, and witty sense of humor, learns that she has terminal cancer. She is told the news by Dr. Julian Goldstein, a successful doctor with a hardened exterior, who is deeply impressed and affected by the way Marley accepts the news of her fate with humor and dignity. While under anesthesia, God appears to Marley as played by Whoopi Goldberg. In her dream, Marley makes three wishes: money, to fly and a third that is later revealed. From there, Marley and Julian find themselves falling in love, and doing their best to make the most of the time they have left
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meg on 26 Oct. 2011
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Great girlie chick flick - pop the cork on a bottle of wine and snuggle down to watch this great movie but make sure you have your tissues ready xx
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Format: DVD
I had to turn this off half way through. Perhaps I'm a little over sensitive right now, perhaps it's because I've seen close ones die of cancer. I don't know. But this was no normal rom-com I've come to expect from Kate. I couldn't finish it as I was weeping too much. And not the usual teary eyed watching a film weep. this was full-on distressing for me :( Avoid if you are feeling low...!

Saying that, the Whoopi Goldberg as Kate's character's version of God was kind of cool.
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